1/2 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped black forest ham
1 1/2 cups finely shredded gruyere cheese, divided
Notes / Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a sauce pan, bring butter, salt, and water to a boil. Reduce heat and quickly stir in flour. Continue stirring until a film starts to form on the bottom of the pan, about 30 seconds. Transfer dough into a bowl and allow to cool for a minute. Stir in eggs one at a time, making sure each is well incorporated before adding the next. Stir in pepper, ham, and 1 cup of cheese. Scoop dough out into a pastry bag with a 1/2 inch star on it.
Grease 2 cookie sheets and squeeze dough out in 1 1/2 inch circles, leaving 1/2 inch between each cookie. Place cookie sheets in the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes, rotating sheets half way, until golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of gruyere cheese on top. Cook for 3 more minutes or until cheese is fully melted. Serve warm.